7th & 8th Graders go to the East Coast

Event Date and Time: 
Sunday, March 26, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 1, 2017 (All day)

 

There are so many things to remember when leaving on any trip, so making a personalized checklist is always a good idea. There are a number of things that each traveler MUST remember to do or to pack before departure.

In a nutshell:

  1.  Due to the late departure flight on Sunday, March 26th, and to make things easier for all involved, the school has chartered a bus to take participants form the school to the airport on Sunday, March 26th and from the airport to the school on Saturday night, April 1st (which will actually be early Sunday morning). It is mandatory that all participants ride the bus to the airport and back to school. The fee for this round trip to and from the ariport is $55.00. Participants must be at the school no later than 6:00 p.m. The bus will leave promptly at 6:30 p.m.
  2. Please limit your checked luggage to one bag. It is even better if your luggage is just one carry-on bag (dimensions - 22" x 14" x 9" including handle and wheels for carry-on bags) and a personal item (17" x 10" x 9"). Please remember that most airlines charge for checked luggage. Virgin Airlines (to Boston) does not charge for one checked luggage, but United Airlines does charge $25.00 for the first bag, payable upon check-in for the return flight from Newark on April 1st. Pleace make out a check to the school for $55.00 (for bus only) if you do not plan to have checked luggage, or $80.00 (for bus and checked luggage) if you intend to have one checked bag. Remember that the weight limit for the checked baggage is 50 pounds. Please check the weight of your checked luggage pior to the trip. Please turn in the check and school field trip permission form for the trip by Monday, March 6th.
  3. Make sure that you have a name and address inside each piece of luggage. All participants will also be issued a colored luggage tag with the school's address and phone number on the day of the trip.
  4. Please make sure that you follow the TSA restrictions on liquids, gels and aerosols. All of these items must be less than three liquid ounces and enclosed in a quart-rized plastic Ziploc-type bag.
  5. Please keep in mind that the average temperature in Boston and New York City during this time of year is in the 40s, and the average rainfall during this time period is 3 - 4". It is not uncommon for it to be unusually cold (20s) and rainy or snowy or unseasonably warm. Be prepared for this and make sure that you pack a collapsible umbrella and a raincoat or waterproof jacket. Make sure that you pack clothing that can be layered. You will be doing a lot of walking on this trip (5-8 miles / day on average). so please make sure that you include comfortable walking shoes (no UGGs - they do not provide enough support for the feet).
  6. Average rule of thumb: Bring one more pair of socks and underwear than days on your trip and two pairs of shoes.
  7. La Canada Prep recommends that you do not bring valuables or expensive electronics (e.g. SLR cameras). MP3 players and small digital cameras are acceptable. If you choose to bring an electronic device, please remember to bring a power cord or battery pack. It is your child's responsiblilty to keep track of his/her own personal items and to make sure that their electronic devices are adequately charged. Please remember that we are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
  8. Students are allowed to bring their cell phones on this trip, but there are specifically enforced rules on their use. They may not use them while walking, during group meals, and while on guided tours. If you must contact your child during the day, please send them a text, which they can answer when they are free. The best time to reach them is in the evening, when they return to the hotel. Do not forget to bring a charger for the phone.
  9. Most meals (five dinners and five breakfasts) are included in the tour. Breakfast on Monday, March 27th, six lunches and one dinner at the airport on Saturday, April 1st, are your responsibility. Make sure that you factor that into the amount of money you give to your child (allow at least $15 per purchased meal = at least $120.00 for meals on the trip).
  10. Please use good sense when you give your child spending money for food and souvenirs. The recommended amount is $250 - $300. Each student is responsible for his/her own money. A pre-loaded debit card is a great way to go; you can also monitor your child's spending and reload it if necessary.
  11. Students may NOT carry any medication (including vitamins). Parents must fill out the "Request for medication to be taken during school hours" form with instructions for each medication to be taken during the trip. This form can be downloaded from our website. Medication along with the completed form must be submitted to the LCP office by no later than Monday morning, March 20th, 2017. All medication will be under the supervision of Miss Elaine, one of the chaperones from our school.
  12. Students will always be under the supervision of an LCP chaperone. The school chaperones for this trip are: Miss Terry, Miss Elaine, Miss Aggie, and Miss Ashley.
  13. There will be an Educational Travel Adventures tour guide assigned to our group, and will accompany us for the entire trip. A uniformed security guard will also be monitoring student-assigned rooms in the hotels during the evening and night hours.
  14. All participants will be issued a neon orange visor/stocking cap/baseball cap by the school, which must always be worn while away from the hotel. Students must pay a replacement fee of $10 if it is lost during the trip.
  15. Please note that the assigned groups and rooming assignments are conditional and subject to change.

 

Please make sure you pack at least:

  • 3-4 pairs of pants
  • 6-7 shirts
  • Boys - one pair of nice pants, at least one nice button down-type shirt (for dinner cruise)
  • Girls - one nice dress or outfit (for dinner cruise)
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 1 sweater or sweatshirt
  • 1 overcoat or jacket
  • 1 raincoat
  • 1 collapsible umbrella
  • toiletries and personal items: toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, shampoo, etc.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Terry or Miss Elaine.